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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 01:34 PM
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IDF draft dodgers speak at US colleges

"Two Israeli women who are refusing mandatory army duty have kicked off a North American speaking tour and plan to take their story to more than a dozen college campuses in the next month.

Hoping to highlight their opposition to Israel's policies toward Palestinians, Maya Wind and Netta Mishly, both 19, will appeal to their American counterparts during their "Why We Refuse" tour from September 12 to October 10. Both women describe themselves as Shministim, a group of high school seniors who refuse to serve in the IDF.

"We believe it is important to spread information about the Israeli occupation and about the movements that work against it," stated Wind, who said that she was detained for 40 days because of her refusal to serve in the IDF. She was released in March. "We hope to empower people our age to take responsibility by taking a more active role in the resistance movements," she said.

Their month long tour is being organized by the anti-war groups CODEPINK and Jewish Voice for Peace. According to their itinerary, the young women will visit more than a dozen schools in California, New York and Washington DC, starting with the University of California, Hastings on Monday and finishing with the University of Maryland on October 8. They will make stops at Cornell, Columbia, New York University, Brown, Brandeis and other schools on the way."


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